Apache Site: www.apache.org
Release: 1.3.1 (Released 22nd July 1998)
Apache 1.3.1 is the current stable release. Users of Apache
1.2.6 and earlier should look at upgrading to this version,
which provides additional features and has been subject to
The bugs listed below now include a link to the entry in the
Apache bug database where the problem is being tracked. These
entries are called "PR"s (Problem Reports). Some bugs do not
correspond to problem reports if they are found by
These bugs have been found in 1.3.1 and will be fixed in the
Because of the major differences between Windows and Unix,
these are separated into bugs which affect Windows systems
only, and other bugs (which may affect Windows as well). Unix
users can ignore the bugs listed in the Windows section.
When Apache processes a path which does not contain a
slash, it gives an assertion error: "s >= szFile && "this is a known
bug"". This can happen with directives such
.htaccess> or Alias /stuff d:. PR#2915,
The long-standing problem that Apache is limited to a
maximum of 64 threads (due to a hard limit in the Windows
API) has been removed.
The Expires directive
was not adding the expires header to responses which did
not come from a disk file.
Apache would not compile if the -DDEBUG compile flag was
given, for extra debugging information. PR#2945.
Apache would not compile on OS/2 if DEBUG_INCLUDE_CMD
define was set. PR#2917.
Various Apache API log functions would crash if a module
gives an error message containing a % character. PR#2941.
Compilation may fail on Digital Unix 3.2 because of the
unknown -msym option
(valid on 4.x only). PR#2969.
Various additional libraries are required for SCO 5. In
addition users of SCO 5.0.4 can remove USE_FCNTL_SERIALIZED_ACCEPT for
better performance, but this cannot be removed generally
since it is still required by SCO 5.0.0 and 5.0.2. PR#2533.
Patches for bugs in Apache 1.3.1 will be made available in
the apply_to_1.3.1 subdirectory of the patches
directory on the Apache site. Some new features and other
unofficial patches are available in the 1.3
patches directory. For details of all previously reported
bugs, see the Apache bug database and
bugs pages. Many common configuration questions are
answered in the Apache FAQ.
The Include directive
in Apache includes the contents of another file into the
configuration file being read. This allows configuration
information to be split across multiple files with arbitrary
names. However in the current version of Apache, this
directive cannot be used within <Directory> or <Location> containers. From
the next release, it will be allowed inside those containers.
See also PR#2727.
A new function will be available in 1.3.2 to allow modules to
get an MD5 hash of binary data. The current function,
ap_md5 creates an MD5
of a null-terminated string. This will not be altered,
however a new function called ap_md5_binary can be used to get an
MD5 of arbitrary data. Modules can check for the availability
of this function at compile time by checking that
MODULE_MAGIC_NUMBER_MAJOR is 19980906 or greater.
environment various contains a textual explanation of most
errors found while processing a request, so that it can be
logged or displayed by SSI or CGI error documents. Recently
errors from CGI scripts were passed into the ERROR_NOTES
value. Also the next release of Apache will set ERROR_NOTES
to "File does not exist" if the default handler cannot find
Apache's share of internet servers rose again last month,
compared to falls for both Microsoft and Netscape servers.
The September Netcraft Server
Survey shows that standard Apache is used on 51.85% of
servers surveyed, up 1.50 on the previous month. Meanwhile
Microsoft is used on 22.32% of servers, down by 0.37, and
Netscape servers are down 0.39 to 7.83%. The final
graph shows clearly how Apache and other server's use has
varied over the past two years.
When servers which are known to be based on Apache code are
added, the total use of Apache goes up to 56.30%. Total use
of servers identifiable as running on NT systems is at
24.64%, down slighly on the previous month.
The agenda for the upcoming Apache Conference is now
available, with details of most of the sessions. This is the
first ever conference dedicated to the Apache web server, and
is being run by the Apache Group, with organisation and
sponsorship by various commercial companies. It is aimed at
both Apache developers and Apache users.
For more information, see www.apachecon.com.
On a topical note, the report into the US President will be
published on Thomas, the
site for the House of Congress's legislative information.
Thomas runs on Apache, but the amount of interest in the
report may swamp both the bandwidth and the server
capability. The report will also be mirrored to http://www.access.gpo.gov/congress/icreport
(running Netscape Commerce) and http://www.house.gov/icreport
(which has not been responding recently).